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Can anyone suggest a good volume control for in wall? I have a new build and ceiling speakers run to the VLC box then to the connect amps in the basement.
If you have a dedicated Connect:Amp for each room (i.e. no cases where 2 or more rooms are being powered by the same Connect:Amp) then the simplest and most effective option is an old iPad running the Sonos app in a wall-mounted dock wherever you want one. Having the ability to control not only the volume but also the audio content being played in each zone, from that zone's wall-mounted control is a nice feature. Plus, no additional wiring is required beyond power for keeping the iPad charged.

This also avoids some of the pitfalls of mixing and matching in-app and external volume controls as you have 100% control of the volume from any device with a Sonos app. For example, with a "dumb" wall-mounted control, if somebody has turned the volume all the way down at the wall control, no amount of turning it up within the app will do anything. Likewise, if somebody has turned the volume all the way down in the app then no amount of turning it up at the wall control will do anything. When you use a single control method (whether that be the in-app controls or an external control), you can predict how loud your speakers will play with the volume slider/knob set at a particular position. Once you start mixing multiple methods of controlling the volume, you don't know how loud the music will play without adjusting it by ear from that listening position, because you have no way of knowing what position the other volume control is set at unless you are fiddling with both at the same time.

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Thanks. I appreciate the dual control aspect but I have 4 runs and 3 amps. All have volume control drops as per the installer. I just need a good recommendation on what controllers to get? I don't plan on really using most of them but I do plan on splitting the deck with the family room speakers and using the control to effectively silence one set as needed.

Any good iPad mounts? I have two mini retinas I purchased so I can mount one upstairs and one in the basement.

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Thanks. I appreciate the dual control aspect but I have 4 runs and 3 amps. All have volume control drops as per the installer. I just need a good recommendation on what controllers to get? I don't plan on really using most of them but I do plan on splitting the deck with the family room speakers and using the control to effectively silence one set as needed.

Any good iPad mounts? I have two mini retinas I purchased so I can mount one upstairs and one in the basement.

Thanks for the reply!
If you're looking for a basic volume controller and have already installed (or are planning to install) a single gang low voltage box/bracket, then you can't really beat Monoprice for pricing...

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_i...FQQRHwodRqEApw

When it comes to iPad Mini wall mount brackets, there are a lot of different options. They range from in-wall/on-wall enclosures to articulating arms to simple clips that allow you to easily remove/replace the tablet. Some allow access to all of the buttons and ports all of the time. Some allow you to restrict access to some/all buttons if desired. Some are attached to the wall with screws. Some use command strips. Some are adjustable to fit just about any tablet. Some only fit a a few models. Aesthetics vary greatly from sleek stainless steel enclosures or clips to colored plastic/rubber. If you want one that requires easy removal/replacement of the tablet, with no need to cut or drill holes in the wall then you may like this one...

http://www.amazon.com/Damage-free-Do...xp_grid_pt_0_0

If that one doesn't suit then simply do a search for iPad wall mount on Amazon.com and you find plenty of options. If you can narrow down what style you want then I'm sure somebody here can make a better recommendation.
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If you're looking for a basic volume controller and have already installed (or are planning to install) a single gang low voltage box/bracket, then you can't really beat Monoprice for pricing...

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_i...FQQRHwodRqEApw

When it comes to iPad Mini wall mount brackets, there are a lot of different options. They range from in-wall/on-wall enclosures to articulating arms to simple clips that allow you to easily remove/replace the tablet. Some allow access to all of the buttons and ports all of the time. Some allow you to restrict access to some/all buttons if desired. Some are attached to the wall with screws. Some use command strips. Some are adjustable to fit just about any tablet. Some only fit a a few models. Aesthetics vary greatly from sleek stainless steel enclosures or clips to colored plastic/rubber. If you want one that requires easy removal/replacement of the tablet, with no need to cut or drill holes in the wall then you may like this one...

http://www.amazon.com/Damage-free-Do...xp_grid_pt_0_0

If that one doesn't suit then simply do a search for iPad wall mount on Amazon.com and you find plenty of options. If you can narrow down what style you want then I'm sure somebody here can make a better recommendation.
So there's nothing in the volume control? I read something about transformer free ones were better for bass? I couldn't find explicitly that the monoprice ones were impedance matched?


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So there's nothing in the volume control? I read something about transformer free ones were better for bass? I couldn't find explicitly that the monoprice ones were impedance matched?
I have no knowledge of the differences in quality between volume controllers that use transformers and those that do not. However, if you click on the Specifications link, you'll see that it does offer impedance matching. They also have sliding controllers if you prefer those over the rotary style.
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